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Ranking the Best Rides for Babies at Magic Kingdom

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Ranking the Best Rides for Babies at Magic Kingdom
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We are ranking the best rides for babies at Magic Kingdom. This will help your little one have the best day ever!

Babies at Disney World

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Taking babies and small toddlers to Disney World is definitely an experience! The joy they experience as they take in all of the sights, sounds, and smells of the Most Magical Place on Earth cannot be matched. However, there are LOTS of logistical pieces that must be taken into account when traveling with the smallest Disney fans.

We’ve previously covered many important details about traveling with young babies and toddlers like how to make a crib work in your resort hotel and details about the Baby Care Centers available at the parks. You can read more of our tips for taking babies to Disney World HERE.

This article series will look at the best attractions for babies and young toddlers at each of the four Disney World parks. Through this series, my hope is that you can better plan a magical first trip and capitalize on all of the amazing experiences that are perfect for guests of all ages.

Babies at the Magic Kingdom

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The Magic Kingdom is actually one of the very best places to take a baby at Walt Disney World. From the frequent character cavalcades to the multitude of rides with no height restrictions, there is truly enough to do at the Magic Kingdom to fill multiple days of touring for families with babies.

For the purposes of this article, I will be ranking the top five attractions for families with babies and small toddlers. The ranking will be based on several factors including attraction interest/theming, wait times, and overall experience. Read on to see what Magic Kingdom attractions make the cut!

Honorable Mention: Peter Pan’s Flight

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I know I said I would only be ranking the top five attractions, but Magic Kingdom truly has so many great things for families with babies that I had to include this sixth addition!

Peter Pan’s Flight is an excellent attraction for babies. Soaring high above the streets of London, guests follow Peter Pan, Wendy, Captain Hook, and crew through a retelling of the classic film. With Disney nostalgia and classic vibes right in the middle of Fantasyland, this is an attraction that all members of the family will enjoy.

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Babies and small toddlers will love the music, the bright animatronics, and the feeling of “flying” as they soar through the sky. This attraction is only an honorable mention, however, because wait times are often frequently long for Peter Pan’s Flight. Waiting in a long line with a baby is something that likely isn’t enjoyable for many people.

If you are interested in experiencing this attraction with your baby, I’d suggest visiting during Early Theme Park entry if you are a resort guest or later in the evening, possibly during the fireworks, if crowds have died down and your baby can make it up that late! Consider using Genie+ and grabbing a Lighting Lane for Peter Pan’s Flight, too.

5. Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover

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Known for its amazing views of the Magic Kingdom and Tomorrowland and its relaxing pace, the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover is an excellent ride for babies! The ride vehicles are spacious, allowing riders to stretch out while they enjoy the sights and sounds of Tomorrowland, including a journey into Space Mountain!

This is an excellent ride for babies because it almost never has a long wait, includes a great place for families to rest, has a nice breeze in the hot summer months, and is even an exceptional spot for a quick afternoon nap.

4. Prince Charming Regal Carrousel

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Looking for an iconic experience that you will remember forever with your young child? The Prince Charming Regal Carrousel provides just that! This ride almost never has a long wait and allows guests to experience the classic Fantasyland experience with castle views.

This is a great ride for babies because it is a ride with action they can actually enjoy! When my youngest son took his first Disney World vacation at 17 months old, we rode the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel over and over again. He loved riding up and down on his horse and listening to the music! Parents can also ride along with their child or stand beside the horse to keep their child steady.

3. Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

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Another Fantasyland favorite, Winnie the Pooh combines the action and adventure of a dark ride with beloved characters recognizable by the youngest park goers. This ride is an excellent pick because of its fun standby queue, utilization of popular characters, and entertaining ride experience.

My 17 month old loved the “bouncing” section with Tigger in this ride. This was actually his first ever ride experience and likely one of his favorites all around at this age.

2. Mickey’s Philharmagic

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Mickey’s Philharmagic is just an amazing attraction for families with babies and small toddlers. There is never usually a wait for this attraction, and kids to get see and sing along with their favorite characters including “Fab 5” characters like Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse. Everyone gets to rest their legs and relax in an air conditioned theater!

This is also a great napping spot if you have a young baby who could use some rest time in the air conditioning while older siblings enjoy a very entertaining show. Mickey’s Philharmagic is one of our favorites. If you haven’t been lately, the new Coco scene is an excellent addition to this attraction!

1. Dumbo the Flying Elephant

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Before I had children, I always dreamed about taking my kids to Disney World and watching them ride Dumbo. There is just something so iconic and memorable about a child’s experience on this magical attraction.

The low wait times, the views of Fantasyland and the castle, and the accompanying play area in the standby queue make this attraction one to never skip with a baby or small toddler. Additionally, the Casey Jr. Splash and Soak station located directly outside of this attraction was probably my 17 month old’s all-time favorite part of his first trip to Walt Disney World!

What do you think are the top attractions at the Magic Kingdom for babies and small toddlers? Do you have any special tips or suggestions for taking babies to the Magic Kingdom? Comment below or on our Facebook page!

-Jaelyn

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